Last week, I sent a note about the difference between talent and skill. I got some great comments and feedback, some of which pointed out that neither of these factors alone determines success. In fact, success often has far more to do with resilience, grit, determination or sheer persistence than raw talent.

Aligning with this concept, here is a great list of 10 things that require absolutely no talent to achieve. They are about dedication and discipline.

1. Being on time
2. Work ethic
3. Giving your best
4. Positive body language
5. Energy
6. Positive attitude
7. Passion
8. Being coachable
9. Doing more than is required
10. Being prepared

Many of the above do require continual practice and follow-through, however. And that requires a key component: persistence. Persistence entails never giving up and staying on course in spite of difficulty or opposition. How much better could we all be if we all were a little more persistent?

One of my advisors sent me the quote below. It was actually the motto of McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc and it hangs over the entrance to Hamburger University at McDonalds headquarters.


Quote of the Week

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Calvin Coolidge


Have a great weekend!